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From Secular to Sacred. From Santa to Savior From Holiday to Holy Day From Decoration to Devotion From Getting to Giving. From Santa to Savior. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • From Secular to SacredFrom Santa to SaviorFrom Holiday to Holy DayFrom Decoration to DevotionFrom Getting to Giving

  • From Santa to Savior

  • When Virginia O'Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl from New York City, sent a letter addressed to the newspaper The Sun in 1897, she asked a very simple question: "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" In what must have been a surprise to her, the question was answered quite frankly. After calling out Virginia's "little friends" for doubting the existence of Santa Claus and being clouded by an age of skepticism, the writer of the article, Francis Pharcellus Church, gave his straightforward reply, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern SantaSanta Claus originated as a mispronunciation of Dutch Sinterklaas, which in turn is a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas (Saint Nicholas).

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa What is he like?

  • Santa Is Like Jesus!Some comparisons from Cutting Edge Website

    Has white hair and a beard Hour of his coming is a mystery Is a carpenter Is Omnipotent Is Omniscient Is Omnipresent

  • Santa Is Like Jesus!Some comparisons from Cutting Edge Website

    Lives Forever Gives Gifts Bids Children Come To Him Children Can Ask Him For Anything Judges If You Are Good Or Bad Brings Peace

  • THE SANTA CAUSE

    Origins in the Saint Nicholas Story Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and other variations Modern Santa What is he like? What is the emphasis? What is the truth? What should we say?

  • THE SAVIORS CAUSE

    A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20

  • Luke 2:1-20

    Please turn to this passage in your Bible.

  • THE SAVIORS CAUSE

    A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20 Fulfilled Prophecy Examples of Prophecy

  • Isaiah 7:14

    Born of a VirginTherefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

  • Matthew 1:18, 24-25

    Born of a VirginThis is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

  • Psalm 2:7

    Son of GodHe said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

  • Matthew 3:17

    Son of GodAnd a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

  • Jeremiah 23:5-6

    Family of David"The days are coming," declares the LORD,"when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land

  • Luke 3:23-32Family of DavidThe Genealogy of Jesus

  • Micah 5:2

    Born In BethlehemBut you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

  • Matthew 2:1-5

    Born In BethlehemPlease turn to this passage in your Bible.

  • Isaiah 7:14

    Called Immanuel (God with us)Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

  • Matthew 1:22-23

    Called Immanuel (God with us)All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us."

  • THE SAVIORS CAUSE

    A Baby In A Manger - Luke 2:1-20 Fulfilled Prophecy Examples of Prophecy The Impact of Prophecy Proof! The God-Man Philippians 2:5-11

  • Philippians 2:5-11

    Please turn to this passage in your Bible.

  • What Should We Do?

    Tell your children the truth.Be tactful Explain the history of St. NicholasExplain that our focus is on Jesus birth Tell the incredible story!Explain Santa is a fun decoration. Dont upset other children.